Shared transfer: Sunshine Coast Airport to hotel from $13
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Located just over an hour from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is home to pristine beaches, lush hinterland and an all-around relaxing atmosphere.
The area's comprised of a handfuls of beachside suburbs, with Noosa, Mooloolaba and Caloundra being some of the major hubs for hotels and resorts.
There's a major airport located in Maroochydore, with direct flights available to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Connections to other Australian cities are available, or arrivals into Brisbane's airport are available.
Spread across 60km of prime Queensland coastline, there's plenty of places to visit along the Sunshine Coast. Luckily, navigating your way around is simple with the right know-how.
Below we've outlined your transport options as well ads the best apps to download before you arrive so that you'll know exactly how to get from A to B quickly, cheaply and easily.
Types of transport: Noosa and the Sunshine Coast's transport service is TransLink. Buses, trams, trains and ferries operate under this system. Suburbs within the Sunshine Coast are walkable but as the Sunshine Coast is a region, it's best to use public transport or hire a car to see all the sights.
Paying for transport: The go card is TransLink's electronic ticket. It lets you ride all its services without having to purchase individual tickets by pre-loading it with funds. The go card can be used on public transport in greater Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. It can also be used on Brisbane's Airtrain. Cards can be purchased and topped up online or at local retailers. You can find more information on the TransLink website here.
Best apps for getting around: The MyTransApp is the official app for Noosa and the Sunshine Coast's TransLink services. Its features include a journey planner, a trip announcer which allows you to see upcoming stops and your remaining journey time, a stop timetable and stop finder. You can download the MyTransApp from the Apple store here.
Cabs: Taxis are available throughout the Sunshine Coast and can be pre-booked or hailed on the street. Suncoast Cabs operates out of Sunshine Coast Airport. Fares to Noosa with them are estimated to be $74.10 and will incur a $3 taxi service fee.
Uber: On-demand ride service Uber is available throughout the Sunshine Coast. uberX, uberASSIST and uberSELECT vehicles operate out of Sunshine Coast Airport. uberX fares to Noosa are estimated to be $40–$54.
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty are all located in the arrivals hall of the terminal. It's recommended that you pre-book your car prior to arrival to ensure your rate and car preference. Not sure which to go with? DriveNow and Jayride are car hire comparison service that can help you find the best deal and book your vehicle easily online.
The Sunshine Coast is located in the state of Queensland. It's situated approximately 100 km north of Brisbane in south east Queensland. The Sunshine Coast is set on the Pacific Ocean coastline.
The Sunshine Coast starts roughly at Caloundra and continues through to Cooloola, which is near Fraser Island.
Sunshine Coast Airport is situated approximately 10km north of Maroochydore. Sunshine Coast Airport is located on Friendship Avenue in Marcoola, Queensland.
Sunshine Coast Airport is mainly a domestic airport. However, Air New Zealand do operate three times per week offering international flights between Auckland and Sunshine Coast seasonally from July to September.
Qantas operates the domestic flights between Sydney and the Sunshine Coast, with connecting flights available to other destinations. Jetstar offers direct flights to Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, and Virgin flies direct to Melbourne and Sydney. Tigerair does not currently operate at the Sunshine Coast.
The hinterland lies in the shadow of the magnificent Glass House Mountains. It's situated a short drive inland from the bustling beaches of the Sunshine Coast, and is comprised of 11 towns including Maleny, Flaxton, Mapleton and Glasshouse.
Sunshine Coast Stadium is located at Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The stadium is the main venue in a sporting precinct that also includes seven fields. The stadium plays host to events including international, national, state and local sporting games, as well as training camps and community events. It even anchors major music and entertainment extravaganzas.
Up to 10% off long-term car hires
Available until 31 May 2023 when you book a minimum of 21 days' rental. Destinations include Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 30% off local family getaways
Available on select dates in 2022 and on select properties across Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
Up to 61% off Australia getaways
Available for travel on select dates to Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Brisbane, Launceston, Newcastle, Noosa Heads, Cairns, NSW and more.
Up to 35% off last-minute domestic escapes
Available on stays within the next 14 days. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Canberra and more. T&Cs apply.
$69: Sunshine Coast whale watching tour
Available on select dates until 30 October 2022 for a 3-hour experience cruise tour in Mooloolaba.
$129: Australia Zoo entry with transfers
Available until June 2023 and includes return transfers from Sunshine Coast or Noosa accommodation.
Sunshine Coast: Australia Zoo entry pass with transfer $159
Available until 31 December 2023 and includes return transfers from Noosa.
SEA LIFE entry and experiences from $36
Available on select dates in 2022. Destinations include Sunshine Coast, Sydney and Melbourne.
Up to 10% off Sunshine Coast experiences
Available on activities including jet ski tours, skydives, whale watching cruises, abseiling adventures, surfing lesson and more. Minimum spend of $350 required. T&Cs apply.
Australia skydive experiences from $219
Available on select dates in 2022 on destinations including Cairns, Whitsundays, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide and more.
Up to 25% off Sunshine Coast getaways
Available on select travel dates in 2022. Plus get free cancellation on select properties.
Up to 25% off driving experiences + an extra $5 off with code
Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $250. Activities include rally driving, go karting and more. Destinations include Sunshine Coast, Perth, Melbourne, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
Extra 10% off stays for members
Sign up Expedia Rewards to become a member and get exclusive discounts on hotel stays. Destinations include Sydney, Cairns, Canberra, Sunshine Coast, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
Brisbane car hires from $38
Available on select rental dates in 2022 with Avis, Budget, Sixt, Europcar and more. Destinations include Gold Coast, Moreton Island, Sunshine Coast and more.
Sunshine Coast Airport parking from $6.20 per day
Available on select dates. T&Cs apply.
Up to 60% off Sunshine Coast Airport parking
Available on select dates when you book in advance. T&Cs apply.
Up to 60% off Australia getaways
Available on select stay dates with Express Deals. Destinations include Sydney, Adelaide, Byron Bay, Thredbo Village, Sunshine Coast, Jindabyne, Perth, the Gold Coast and more.
Noosa stays from $75 per night
Available on select stay dates. Sample stay is in Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast. T&Cs apply.
Sunshine Coast stays from $72 per night
Available on select stay dates. Sample stay is in Palmview. Destinations include Sunshine Beach, Hinterland, Waterfront, Noosa and more. T&Cs apply.
Where to stay on the Sunshine Coast from Noosa Heads to Alexandria Headland.
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